Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/173479
Authors: 
Rios-Avila, Fernando
Canavire-Bacarreza, Gustavo
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper 870
Abstract: 
Although one would expect the unemployed to be the population most likely affected by immigration, most of the studies have concentrated on investigating the effects immigration has on the employed population. Little is known of the effects of immigration on labor market transitions out of unemployment. Using the basic monthly Current Population Survey from 2001-13 we match data for individuals who were interviewed in two consecutive months and identify workers who transition out of unemployment. We employ a multinomial model to examine the effects of immigration on the transition out of unemployment, using state-level immigration statistics. The results suggest that immigration does not affect the probabilities of native-born workers finding a job. Instead, we find that immigration is associated with smaller probabilities of remaining unemployed, but it is also associated with higher probabilities of workers leaving the labor force. This effect impacts mostly young and less educated people.
Subjects: 
Immigration
Unemployment Duration
Labor Force Transition
JEL: 
J1
J6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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